The inspiration for my January project was an image that included snowflakes and the words “hello January” and “peace”. I wanted a gold on gold/beige or off-white background with a snowflake that looked lacy and delicate.
The piece was going to be about 24 x 24″ but when I started piecing the background with a gold fleur-de-lis fabric and a beige upholstery remnant, it looked too linear. I cut it up and started working with a piece of fabric about 12 by 15 inches.
Assembling the materials, I had Glimmer Mist, Stickles, various pieces of jewellery I will never wear again, a piece of ribbon trim, some brads, an old doily and a belt buckle, all in antique gold shades.
Over a few weeks I worked on the piece, occasionally leaving it for a couple of days to allow myself to view it with a fresh eye. Eventually there was a transformation: it no longer bore any resemblance to my inspiration image and I’m not even sure if it looks wintery.
Now I need a name for it – any ideas? “Winter of my Discontent”?